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07-15-2005, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by JR#9
Worldwide stars who couldn't even generate enough support in the city they play in to have the most ancient arena in the NHL replaced!!!! ... BTW, how much BIGGER of a star doing you think Mario-Jagr would've been had they spent their entire careers in NYC?
Mario wouldn't have been a bigger star anywhere. That's just what it is to be the best player (arguably) a sport has ever seen. Legends will be well known wherever they play.

BUT

The sport itself can be better sold from the powerhouse markets. NYI1 would like to poo-poo 1994, but the popularity of the league at that time was a direct result of the Rangers' success. Lemieux in NYC wouldn't have been any better known, but he would've brought more viewers to hockey. It doesn't really matter how well or poorly the local media outlets cover the sport (they would give more coverage to a Crosby-centered NY Rangers team anyway), what matters is the coverage the rest of the nation's media gives ... and they look to the biggest markets. (This is especially true when those markets can offer a built-in teaser e.g. "Rangers UFA shopping spree! Again!" or potentially "Lottery rigged??? Rangers win Crosby Sweepstakes.")

The Rangers make headline sports news across two nations when they sign Theo Fleury. The Flyers get a blurb in every paper when they sign Jeremy Roenick. That's just the way it is, and if NYI1 is passionate in the defense of his position, it's merely because the fact sticks so deeply in his craw.

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